George N. M.

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    Laramie, Wyoming
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    Blacksmthing, camping, hiking, historical reenactment

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  1. To add to Thomas' comment: Sometimes making one or two small things is a good physical and mental warm up when you start the forge. It helps me get into the smithing mindset, particularly if I have been otherwise engaged for awhile. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  2. DHarris, Depending on when that happened a complaint to the OK Supreme Court legal ethics committee or regulator. That is the sort of thing that gets lawyers disbarred and fined. BGD: Glad you got an extension. If there is anything I can help you with from a couple of states away let me know. I can talk their talk and tell you what "magic words" to use. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  3. if your great grandfather had any connection with mining industry it could be a container to carry calcium carbide for a carbide (actylene) lamp during a shift in the mine. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  4. Dear Frosty, Just for legal edification and interest things like "abuse of process" and "malicious prosecution" have to be based on a false premise. For example, if you really do have a zoning violation (junk, cars, unpermitted building. weeds, etc.) then a complaint or a prosecution isn't malicious no matter how much the neighbor who reported it or the prosecutor might dislike you. It's like the old legal adage that truth is a defense to defamation (libel or slander). For example, it isn't defamation to call someone a thief if they have been convicted of that crime. Sidebar: In the southern US, as I am informed by my wife (originally from FL), it is not mean or defamation to say any bad thing about someone if you add, "Bless his/her/their heart." e.g. "He's so dumb that he couldn't pour pee out of a boot if the directions were printed on the heel, bless his heart." So, it is not improper to report or prosecute someone if there really is a violation. Actual malice doesn't come into it unless there isn't an actual violation. My experience with zoning violations (fairly extensive) is that the local government always wants the property owner to take care of the problem themselves. Actually prosecuting someone is the enforcement action of last resort. It's the hard heads who won't cooperate that have to have a court come down on them to get compliance. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  5. To add a thought: Just based on what you stated you may have an opening based on inadequate notice from either the county or the bank. It would depend on the facts. If they didn't properly notify you of attaching a portion of your mortgage payment or the bank didn't give you proper arrears notices you can probably reset the clock. On the other hand, if they did send notices and you didn't open them or ignored them you may be SOL. It's worth raising this issue with a lawyer. If nothing else, he or she may be able to play out the clock by making the other side provide proof that you were properly noticed. I'm not an expert in foreclosures but there have been some federal reforms in recent years that made the banks, etc. follow a very specific notice procedure and provided the debtor with remedies if the proper notice procedure was not followed. There were a lot of abuses during the housing bust about 10 years ago. I hope this helps. G.
  6. Dear BGD, This advice is probably too late. I wish I could have had input when you got the junk/inoperable vehicle complaint from the county. Talk to a lawyer! You may get lucky and be able to work out some sort of payment schedule. Yes, I know that many attorneys wouldn't want to mess with this at this late date or would want an unreasonable retainer up front but it is probably worth your time to contact a number of them. And, yes, I know lots of people think that all lawyers are scum and don't want to deal with them even if it is in their best interests. Unfortunately, I don't know any practicing Nevada lawyers. Good luck and you'll be in my prayers. George
  7. Flattened double headed nail "swords" to sell for 50 cents or a dollar or to give away. If you take the time to drill a hole and put a jump ring on them they can be pendants. Give the "blade" a slight bend and they can be pirate cutlasses or cavalry sabers. Also, some simple hair ornaments can be done reasonably in steel or bronze (brazing rods) for the under $10 limitation. Let us know how things go. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  8. Speaking of antique shop black smithing tools here is a photo of a booth in an antique mall in Albuquerque, NM that I ran across this spring. The anvils were in the less than 100 pound range and IIRC were a couple hundred dollars. I don't recall the actual post vice prices but I believe they were fairly rich. The only thing that I was interested in was a pair of titanium tongs but at $110 I decided that my steel ones were just fine. This was the first time I'd actually seen a selection of black smithing tools at an antique store/mall. Normally, there is the odd pair of tongs or a hammer. The prices were rich but at least the items were there and for sale. If this inspires anyone to make a trip to Albuquerque and you want to check it out message me and I'll give you more detailed location info. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  9. If I had to recommend what to stress when requesting a variance I would say safety and compatibility with the neighborhood. For safety you would need to show that what you want to do is at least as durable as something conventional and code compliant. There are also regional issues such as how things will interact with a high water table e.g. will a steel shipping container rust out over time?, wind load resistance (an issue in tornado or hurricane areas), or snow load (important in northern or mountain states). Also, does what you want go along with how the neighborhood looks at present. If you are rural there may not be many neighbors to compare with but if you are in a more settled area the county or whoever will want to see more compatibility. Even a large metal shop building may look out of place in a neighborhood or Arts and Crafts bungalows.
  10. If a person runs into a problem with building, etc. codes there is usually a variance process to get around the problem. The standard for granting a variance is usually that the strict application of the code provision would cause "undue hardship" for the property owner. Much higher costs, impossibility due to natural features, extreme difficulty in being able to find contractors or specific materials, etc. could be undue hardship. Just, "I want to do this because it is slightly cheaper." isn't going to be undue enough. Also, the issue of safety and how what you want to do may impact the neighbors are significant issues. Some places are pretty reasonable about granting variances and in some it is a practical impossibility. Sometimes the cost of getting a variance is more than the cost of complying with the code. Finally, it is worth knowing at what point a particular code kicks in. For example, something less than 100 square feet may not invoke the local building code and something that is not going to be used for residential purposes or retail or have employees may be outside the jurisdiction of the code. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  11. Even if the latest edition of the Uniform Residential Building Code provides for something that does not mean that the code adopted by the local jurisdiction provides for that. A local jurisdiction has to adopt a specific edition of the code with local amendments. These do not automatically update when the national code committee makes a change. Some places are pretty good about updating their local codes when a new edition comes out (every 2 years IIRC) and others can go for years without changing anything. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  12. One thing that you need to make sure of when using alternative building materials and/or techniques is that there aren't any local or state building codes of which you could run afoul. Where I live it is unincorporated county with no building codes and I could do any darn fool thing I want to. Be it on my head. However, in other states and counties there may county building permits and codes. In some states there may be state level requirements. For example, in Colorado the building codes are adopted and enforced by counties but the electrical and plumbing codes are state level. In rural Nevada I suspect that you are OK, as I am in Wyoming, but it is worth a phone call or two to make sure that you don't get yourself wrapped around the axle and waste a bunch of time and money. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  13. Dear Frosty, There are rocks that are better than others for improvised hammers and anvils. In particular, amphibolite series rocks such as jade or greenstone have a fiberous crystal structure and are VERY tough. You can really damage a steel rock hammer in getting a sample unless you use natural joints and fissures in the rock. There are other rocks, such as quartz, which are harder but are much more brittle. Amphibolites would be much more resistant to impact damage and thermal distress. This is why lots of late stone age tools are ground to shape green stone rather than flaked/knapped flint. Brittle rocks like flint and obsidian will give a VERY sharp edge but for something like an axe or hammer you want toughness. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand." Dear Bo, In the photo of your goods table what is the item in front of the copper bowled ladles that sort of looks like a giant hair pin? Some sort of BBQ tongs where you spear the meat with the spike and grasp it with the top arm? Also, what did you find sold the best? Thx. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  14. Jennifer: Your account of people, kids and adults, not knowing how to handle sharp items brought back some memories. 25 years ago my late wife and I were helping at a local living history site. I was blacksmithing and she was assigned to demonstrate manual washing machines which usually have exposed gears and connecting rods to make the agitators work. She would warn people, particularly children, to keep their hands and fingers away from the moving machinery but still would have spectators reach out to touch the mechanisms while they were in action. She was amazed by the lack of self preservation and the recognition that these things can hurt and injure you. We decided that this is due to two things. One, everything today is made so safe that people have stopped being aware that they have to be careful with anything, particularly something that is new and unknown to them. Something that is dangerous is outside their experience. Two, because everything today is electronic people do not have an understanding of mechanical and analog devices and how they work. I have had people who do not understand how a crank can blow air into a forge or how rotary motion can be converted into linear motion. It is magic to them because they do not understand it. "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." In the 21st century 19th century technology can appear magical. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."
  15. Jennifer: I am assuming that this shield is some sort of plastic sheeting. Correct? I wonder if some sort of metal screening, probably finer than window screen, might work better. It might take some experimentation to see if any particles would pass through a screen or not. That would eliminate the reflectivity issue. Also, screening would probably be more durable than plastic. I have a vague memory of screens being use around arc welding sites to mitigate glare and catch sparks. "By hammer and hand all arts do stand."